Friday, March 25, 2011

Here are some important things to remember during earthquakes:

  1. Be prepared!

- Make sure the following are in your office table or near your area: bottled drinking water, non-perishable food (easy open canned goods, etc), first-aid kit, torchlight and battery-operated radio with extra batteries, cell phone with extra battery;

- Educate family members / co-workers how to turn off electricity, gas, etc.

- Identify places in the house/office that can provide cover during an earthquake.

- Identify a friend as your family’s emergency contact. The address and phone number of the contact person/relative should be with all the family members.

  1. What to do during earthquake!

- Go under a table or other sturdy furniture to take cover. Be prepared to move if your cover moves.

- If no sturdy cover is nearby, kneel or sit close to the floor next to a structurally sound interior wall. Place your hands on the floor for balance.

- Violent motion could cause doors to slam and flying objects could cause serious injuries, so do not stand in doorways.

- Stay away from windows, mirrors, bookcases and other unsecured heavy objects.

- If in bed, stay there and cover yourself with pillows and blankets

- Do not run outside if you are inside. Never use the lift or elevators.

If outdoor:

- Move into the open, away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

- Avoid places where there are loose electrical wires and do not touch metal objects that are in touch with the loose wires.

- Do not re-enter damaged buildings and stay away from badly damaged structures.

If in a moving vehicle: Drive or go to a clear area away from buildings, trees, overpasses, or utility wires, stop, and stay in the vehicle. Once the shaking has stopped, proceed with caution. Avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged by the quake.

Most of all, it is still best to always say a prayer wherever we go.

God listens even without an extra battery....

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